9 Apr 2024

Your body at 27 weeks of pregnancy

Your Body at 27 Weeks
Entering the final phase of your pregnancy journey brings a mix of anticipation and a host of physical sensations. 

Let's break down what you might encounter this week and provide focused advice for navigating these experiences.
Midwife for 8+ years
Symptoms of the week
Vaginal Discharge



Increased Vaginal Discharge: A natural mechanism to protect against infection.
Sciatica Pain:
A common occurrence as the expanding uterus presses on the sciatic nerve.

Frequent Urination: The growing baby exerts more pressure on your bladder.

Fatigue: A rise in energy demand as your body supports fetal growth.
Your body is working hard to support growth, leading to increased fatigue. You're focusing on self-care and the upcoming arrival.
International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Is it normal?
Sciatica & Discomfort: Pressure on the sciatic nerve is expected due to uterine expansion.

Vaginal Discharge Increase: Serves as a protective barrier, maintaining a healthy vaginal environment.

Urination Frequency: Directly related to increased uterine pressure on the bladder.

Elevated Fatigue Levels: Reflects the heightened energy requirements for supporting pregnancy.
Top Asked Questions
Top 5 questions answered
What is a cervical exam, and why might I need one?

A cervical exam checks the cervix for dilation and effacement, and may be done as part of routine prenatal care or if you're experiencing signs of preterm labor.

What is a biophysical profile, and why might I need one?

A biophysical profile uses ultrasound to assess fetal well-being, and may be done if there are concerns about your baby's health.

How often will I have prenatal appointments in the third trimester?

You'll typically have prenatal appointments every two to four weeks during the third trimester, and more frequently if you have high-risk factors.

What is group B strep, and will I be tested for it?

Group B strep is a type of bacteria that can be harmful to newborns. You'll be tested for it between 35 and 37 weeks, and if positive, you'll receive antibiotics during labor.

What is a fetal kick count, and how do I do it?

A fetal kick count is a way to monitor your baby's movement. To do it, sit quietly and count how long it takes to feel 10 movements.

Taking care of yourself
Adequate Rest: Prioritize sleep and consider daytime naps to combat fatigue.

Gentle Exercise: Engage in activities like walking or prenatal yoga to enhance energy.

Nutritious Diet: Focus on consuming a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals.

Stay Hydrated: Maintain fluid intake to support overall health and energy levels.

Take Breaks: Allow yourself moments of rest throughout the day to recharge.

Seek Support: Lean on your support network for help with daily tasks.

Good Posture: Practice proper posture to reduce physical strain and conserve energy.
Teaser for next week
As you progress, be aware of signs that may indicate conditions like anemia, leg cramps, or the development of varicose veins, all of which are common as your body adapts to its new demands.
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14 Jan 2023

Okay mama's, I've not done any heavy lifting. I'm 27w and 1d today. My daughter is 28 pounds. Is it safe to pick her up still or no? Don't wanna push it because my water is broke!

Yes, I pick up my 2 year old and he’s 35 lbs
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Okay thank you so much. Is 27w 5 or 6 months pregnant
27 Mar 2024


6 Aug 2022

27w today looking like a hot mess waiting at my moms for her to get home so I can pick up my car seat and stroller set my aunt got us for the baby shower🥰 #27weeks

Stop that girl .... You look fabulous 🤩
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Thanks love🥰
27 Mar 2024


27 Jul 2022

Does the 3rd trimester start at 27w or 28w? I’ve been getting mixed answers😐

Well I’ll be in my 3rd trimester Saturday 🎊🎊☺️☺️
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